Has a driver from the USA ever won an F1 race? And an F1 championship?
In theory, the United States of America and Formula One should be made for each other, but relations between the two have been minimal over the past three decades.
Aside from Alexander Rossi in 2015, who was limited to just five starts in an F1 car, Scott Speed was the youngest F1 driver from the USA He competed in numerous disciplines including open wheel, stock car and rallycross racing 2006-07.
Speed’s time in Formula 1 didn’t last long either and he failed to take a single point from his 28 starts with Toro Rosso.
before speed, America’s previous competitor was in 1993. Michael AndrettiSon of Mario, entered Formula 1 with fanfare after winning the IndyCar title two years earlier.
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But neither he nor any of the other American riders mentioned above made it anywhere near the top.
Has an American ever won an F1 race?
Far before that, however 1961 and 1978, Phil Hill and Mario Andretti won the drivers’ title and these were the only two times the United States had won the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship.
Andretti is considered the most successful American Formula 1 driveralthough he only left his native Italy at the age of 15. He raced in IndyCars from 1964 and then commuted to Europe to take part in Formula 1 races from 1968. Between his debut with Lotus at the 1968 Italian Grand Prix and the conclusion of the 1974 season, Andretti started 21 of the 84 races and drove for four teams. He had his first victory in his first race with Ferrari – the 1971 South African Grand Prix. 1976, he won four more times including a win at the Japanese Grand Prix. A year later, the Italian won six races and the drivers’ title with the decisive victory at the 1978 Italian Grand Prix. He retired from Formula One in 1981 but returned to Ferrari for the last two races of 1982. Andretti has been on the podium 19 times out of 128 F1 race starts12 of which were on the top tier.
Hill is the only American-born Formula One champion. In 1961 he won the Italian Grand Prix with Ferrari and thus secured the drivers’ title. unfortunately, His victory was not fully celebrated as it coincided with the worst tragedy in Formula 1 historythe death of his teammate and close rival Wolfgang von Trips, also killing 15 spectators.
No other American has won the F1 championship since the victories of Hill and Andretti.
However, the US is currently back on the map Logan Sargeant is the first full-time American in Formula 1 since 2007. And as F1 grows its television audience in the States, there’s a lot of excitement surrounding the sport and Sargeant’s presence.